If you’re welcoming a new family member in the not-so-distant future, a pregnancy holiday or 'babymoon' is a fantastic idea. It’s a chance to sit back, relax and spend some quality time together before you welcome a new little person into your life.
More and more couples are choosing to escape during the last few months of pregnancy, but choosing where to go can be trickier than your typical holiday. You may not want to go anywhere too hot or too far from medical facilities, and long journeys in general can become uncomfortable…. It’s no wonder that staying in the UK is an attractive option for many families. And with so many beautiful, relaxing locations to pick from, you’re bound to find something which ticks all the boxes for your cottage holiday.
For your pre-baby break, we’ve picked 5 of our favourite UK destinations for you to relax, unwind and get excited for your new arrival.
If you want to enjoy walking and beautiful beaches, as well as some pampering and delicious food during your break, Devon is a fantastic choice. You could enjoy a pregnancy massage in one of Devon’s many spas, search out the best views of blue waters and sandy beaches, or simply settle down with a Devon cream tea! You’ll never have to travel too far to find something that suits you, whether you want to get out and about as much as you can, or just want to relax and enjoy that sea air before your little one makes an appearance.
If you’re after the perfect Devon hideaway to escape the madding crowd and just enjoy some time together during this precious time, The Artist’s Studio could be there perfect solution. Surrounded by fields and woodland in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you could almost believe you’re the only two people in the world… apart from bump, of course!
The Cotswolds have long been a favourite for romantic getaways and there’s no reason your babymoon can’t be just that! After all, it’s all about spending some time with your loved one before you become a family of three (or more!). With chocolate-box villages full of thatched cottages, winding streets, boutique shops and cosy tea shops, not to mention the miles of relaxing country trails and plenty of luxurious spas and award-winning eateries, you’re bound to return relaxed and ready for your next big adventure!
If you’re looking for your own private piece of Cotswold charm, Elinor Fettiplace is ideal. With original features such as wooden beams and exposed brick, along with all the modern comforts you could need, it really is like stepping into a fairytale. You don’t even have to go anywhere to appreciate some of the Cotswolds’ rich history – the cottage is part of Pauntley Court, a 14th Century house with beautiful gardens, as well as easy access to the charming towns of Newent and Ledbury.
A Yorkshire babymoon has everything you need to enjoy those last few weeks of peace and quiet. Wonderful landscapes, charming villages, bustling cities, delicious food and much more await in this beautiful part of the country. If you’re feeling up to it, you could even get out and discover the magnificent Yorkshire Dales National Park during your stay.
For a luxurious, yet cosy hideaway close to the National Park, Scargill Castle is just the place. After all, where better than a castle to treat yourself as parents-to-be? Recently restored in a cosy, welcoming holiday home for two, it has the perfect combination of traditional details and modern comforts. Enjoy a non-alcoholic cocktail while enjoying the spectacular scenery, or indulge yourself with a long soak in your very own roll-top bath.
While the idea of hiking up mountains and around lakes might not sound much fun anyone who’s heavily pregnant, there’s still plenty of more tranquil ways to spend a babymoon in the Lake District. After all, it’s one of the most magical, picturesque parts of the UK. You can still enjoy some of the more gentle strolls around the breathtaking countryside, while also treating yourself to plenty of rest stops in cosy local cafes and pubs. For a different way of appreciating this lovely part of the world, why not jump on one of many boat trips on offer and take to the water?
Wreay Mansions is a fantastic choice for those who are looking for one last grown-up holiday. This site was chosen for its stunning location and views of Lake Ullswater, and the cottage certainly makes the most of them with its spacious balcony – the ideal place to put your feet up with a cup of tea. If you fancy venturing out, there are numerous pubs and restaurants in easy reach.
For romantic strolls along the coastline, fresh sea air and a chance to really relax and enjoy some quality time together, look no further than Cornwall. Famous for having some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK, you’re bound to fall in love with this beautiful part of the country. Sit back and take the weight off your feet on a breathtaking golden beach, discover the stark beauty of the Cornish countryside, or lose yourself in one of many charming seaside towns… the choice is yours!
We think The Langley Tarne is a wonderful romantic bolthole for parents-to-be. Nestled in Mousehole, a picture-perfect fishing village with a delightful harbour and plenty of cafes and restaurants to while away the hours, this traditional cottage is perfect for two. It’s dog-friendly, so you can even bring your furry friend on holiday with you!
So, if we’ve sold you on the idea of taking a holiday during your pregnancy, make sure to take a look at our charming collection of properties to find your very own private hideaway. With beautiful properties all over the country, from romantic boltholes to unique retreats, you’re bound to find the perfect place to celebrate this next step together.